Year: 2020

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Holiday Hours for COVID-19 Drive-thru Testing

Kettering Health Network’s COVID-19 drive-thru testing locations are adjusting their hours for the upcoming holidays. The updated hours are listed below:  Thursday, December 24: 7 a.m.-noon  Friday, December 25: Closed  Thursday, December 31: 7 a.m.-noon  Friday, January 1, 2021: Closed 

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PPE Requirements

PPE Requirements for COVID-19     Location/   PPE Type   Screener   Confirmed negative    Confirmed or suspected COVID-19 Patients   Face Shields/ Goggles/ Safety Glasses   Yes (not changed between patients), disinfected after removal and stored for reuse by others   Yes (not changed between patients), disinfected after removal and stored for reuse by others   Yes (not changed between patients), disinfected after removal and stored for…

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Employee Health Call Center Now Available

Effective on Tuesday, December 15, Employee Health will begin providing support through a centralized Employee Health Call Center, (937) 395-8900. The call center will be staffed daily from 6:30 am through 10:30 pm.  Please use the following guidelines when contacting Employee Health:  Call Employee Health when:    Feeling ill   If there is known or suspected exposure to COVID-19  Refrain from physically visiting Employee Health offices…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Last week, Governor DeWine announced plans for distributing the COVID-19 vaccine starting in late December. While we are still working on plans for our network, we want to keep you informed as information is available, with the understanding that situations may change.   The distribution of the vaccine will be phased over time. Included in Phase 1A (first to be offered) are health care workers and…

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Temporary Approval of Envo Masks

As we transition brands of N-95 masks, Incident Command has temporarily approved the use of Envo masks by staff and providers who choose to purchase them. These masks must be covered by a Kettering Health Network-issued isolation mask at all times due to the exhalation valve. All staff and providers will be expected to resume wearing Kettering Health Network-approved N-95 masks once…

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Clinical Trials Update

Kettering Health Network is no longer providing Ruxolitinib (RUX) to COVID-19 patients through the expanded access program. We are still enrolling COVID-19 patients on ventilators into the randomized RUX-DEVENT clinical trial.   For more details, you can contact the COVID Research Team through MatchMD. A physician quick glance sheet is available at:  Intranet  Resources  Pharmacies  COVID 19 Drug Information 

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New Criteria for COVID-19 Therapeutics

Remdesivir – Duration limited to 5 days Patients must have all of these: 1. Early disease, 10 days or less from beginning of symptoms or positive test (whichever comes first), not hospitalization 2. Hypoxemia, which is a drop of O2 sat to 93% or lower on RA, or a sustained increase in baseline oxygen needs,…

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Disposal of Isolation Gowns, Reusable Isolation Gowns, and Soiled Scrubs

This email is to clarify gown use when caring for COVID-19 patients. Kettering Health Network has obtained supplies of disposable, non-sterile isolation gowns from multiple manufacturers. We also secured reusable isolation gowns which require a specified laundering process. The details below review appropriate use and disposable for each type of gown.   Disposable isolation gowns We have several different types of non-sterile…

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COVID-19 Testing for ECF/SNF Patients

To ensure the safety of our patients and staff, we are asking that extended care facility (ECF) and skilled nursing facility (SNF) patients undergoing elective surgery or invasive procedures (cardiac cath, IR, endoscopy, etc.) undergo COVID-19 testing by a PCR method (rapid or conventional) three days prior to the procedure or surgery. The results must be received by 3 p.m. the day prior to the procedure. This will prevent unnecessary cancellations or transportation of these patients as…

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